Garmin has bricked!

 

My last GARMIN a 2689LMT has finally died. I am now totally only using a smartphone and Android-Auto.

I feel much better off. I have been using Google Maps and/or Waze almost exclusively for the past year, and only used the GARMIN in my 2nd car, now I'll be using my phone there also.

Works for you in the USA

In Canada it would cost me $ 40.00 monthly or more to have a phone plan with a lot of data.
My Garmin's cost me nothing after the initial purchase.

You have much cheaper phone plans than in Canada.

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Nuvi 350 long gone, Nuvi 855LMT, Nuvi 2797LMT, DriveSmart 50 LMT-HD, 3790LMT now my daughters. Using Windows 10. DashCam A108C with GPS.

Only 1GB of data

My cell plan has a meager 1GB/mon data.

I am sticking with my Garmin.

download Google Maps for offline use

https://ting.com/blog/ting-tip-download-google-maps-for-offl...

which in part says ....

"Navigating with Google Maps over a mobile data connection can rack up a hefty amount of usage over a short period of time. Fortunately, Google has hooked us up with a feature that downloads entire regions of Maps over a Wi-Fi connection, letting you complete your journey without having to connect to a cellular network."

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. 2 Garmin DriveSmart 61 LMT-S, Nuvi 2689, 2 Nuvi 2460, Zumo 550, Zumo 450, Uniden R3 radar detector with GPS built in, includes RLC info. Uconnect 430N Garmin based, built into my Jeep. .

YMMV

Despite having a built-in system in my car, I still use a Garmin. Ease of programming the destination, lifetime map update, and custom POI.

My daughter uses her Droid phone which works great for her. But she says it needs cell reception to reacquire her location whenever she uses it for other things. And she's had problem reacquiring her location where there is no cell reception.

It works great for her needs almost all the time. Until she goes on a spring-break road trip with her friends.

Garmin vs phone

My issue is areas of poor reception for phone...that are also areas I am most likely to need map and route!

Excellent.

soberbyker wrote:

https://ting.com/blog/ting-tip-download-google-maps-for-offl...

which in part says ....

"Navigating with Google Maps over a mobile data connection can rack up a hefty amount of usage over a short period of time. Fortunately, Google has hooked us up with a feature that downloads entire regions of Maps over a Wi-Fi connection, letting you complete your journey without having to connect to a cellular network."

Going to Hawaii soon for a couple of weeks. Just downloaded the maps.

Thanks soberbyker

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NUVI2555LMT, NUVI350

Sticking with Garmin

I have an iPhone 7 Plus but I still much prefer my large 7" Garmin DriveSmart 70LMT screen. It provides superior guidance, more updated maps (the Garmin iOS app is updated much less frequently) and allows my iPhone to still be used for other things like calls, Waze, etc. side by side without having to switch back and forth between the Garmin and the iPhone. In dense urban city environments with lots of lane changes, merge ramps, complex intersections, etc. the large screen is sooo much better in my opinion.

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mblanc01 wrote:

My last GARMIN a 2689LMT has finally died. I am now totally only using a smartphone and Android-Auto.

I feel much better off. I have been using Google Maps and/or Waze almost exclusively for the past year, and only used the GARMIN in my 2nd car, now I'll be using my phone there also.

If it works for you then go for it.

Make sure you know the cell phone use laws in your area. Many states and some municipalities require the phone to be attached to the vehicle in some fashion when used for navigation. Overzealous LEO's love to ticket drivers with a phone in their hand regardless of how you are using it.

If you describe the symptoms of your 2689, maybe one of us here can help.

Ticketing

bdhsfz6 wrote:

Make sure you know the cell phone use laws in your area. Many states and some municipalities require the phone to be attached to the vehicle in some fashion when used for navigation. Overzealous LEO's love to ticket drivers with a phone in their hand regardless of how you are using it.

It is proven fact that distracted driving ie using a cellphone in your car handheld for whatever reason and/or stuck to your ear is the cause of more serious accidents and/or fatalities, higher than drunk driving even. Funny isn't it everyone is down on drinking and driving!

Where I live the fine is $500.00 for using a handheld phone and in my opinion considering the serious consequences, the fine should be way higher. In fact in my opinion they should also have their phone taken away for at least one week!

I've used my phone using the in-car handsfree Bluetooth connection and I find that you lose concentration on your driving. People who have not got he message are easy to spot, they're driving much slower and at inconsistent speeds.

BTW: This has nothing to do with "overzealous" police officers! It is a very real danger to everyone, drivers and pedestrians alike!

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Nuvi 350 long gone, Nuvi 855LMT, Nuvi 2797LMT, DriveSmart 50 LMT-HD, 3790LMT now my daughters. Using Windows 10. DashCam A108C with GPS.

Bricked Nuvi?

bdhsfz6 wrote:
mblanc01 wrote:

My last GARMIN a 2689LMT has finally died. I am now totally only using a smartphone and Android-Auto.
If you describe the symptoms of your 2689, maybe one of us here can help.

muell9k Wrote ,
Looking at your profile it indicates you have 4 Nuvi units that have died.
nuvi 760 (dead), 785T (dead), 2460LMT (dead), 2689LMT (dead),

That's an unusual amount of that have died, especially the 2689LMT that was released on 9/2014.

Can you elaborate why these units are failing?

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Nuvi 2460LMT 2 Units

driving mode

I have my cell phone set up so it switches automatically to "driving mode" when it is connected to the Garmin via bluetooth. When I receive a text, the cell phone responds automatically with "I am driving, will get back to you ASAP".l

I wish it has the same functionality for voice calls: display the caller's #/name on the Garmin and route the calls to voice mail. Right now, I just ignore the phone calls. For calls that I know/think might be urgent, I have my wife call back if she is with me or will pull off the first chance I could do safely and answer.

I Use Garmin + Phone

I use both Smartphone and Garmin GPS on long trips in order to get a variety of information and guidance. I usually turn the audio OFF on one of the devices.

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romanviking

Totally agree

Melaqueman wrote:
bdhsfz6 wrote:

Make sure you know the cell phone use laws in your area. Many states and some municipalities require the phone to be attached to the vehicle in some fashion when used for navigation. Overzealous LEO's love to ticket drivers with a phone in their hand regardless of how you are using it.

It is proven fact that distracted driving ie using a cellphone in your car handheld for whatever reason and/or stuck to your ear is the cause of more serious accidents and/or fatalities, higher than drunk driving even. Funny isn't it everyone is down on drinking and driving!

Where I live the fine is $500.00 for using a handheld phone and in my opinion considering the serious consequences, the fine should be way higher. In fact in my opinion they should also have their phone taken away for at least one week!

I've used my phone using the in-car handsfree Bluetooth connection and I find that you lose concentration on your driving. People who have not got he message are easy to spot, they're driving much slower and at inconsistent speeds.

BTW: This has nothing to do with "overzealous" police officers! It is a very real danger to everyone, drivers and pedestrians alike!

Ontario has just raised the penalties. First time conviction now loss of license for 3 days. 1 week loss for second conviction and 30 days for third.

Can't remember the dollar in crease, but think Max up to $2000 for second and $3000 for third. Might still be $493 for first.

Cops here in our area have started riding busses so they can see down into cars.

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NUVI2555LMT, NUVI350

CoPilot

CoPilot on my cell phone is exactly why I haven't logged on here much in the last 2 years. Maps store on the phone and I make sure my phones have GPS in addition to A-GPS.

I tried a Garmin RV 660 in my camper and it's lack of response to touch (delays due to software/firmware, not screen/finger issues) is far more of a distraction hazard than my cell phone mounted in a holder on my dash.

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It's about the Line- If a line can be drawn between the powers granted and the rights retained, it would seem to be the same thing, whether the latter be secured by declaring that they shall not be abridged, or that the former shall not be extended.

In Illinois

It is illegal to hold a cell phone while you are driving, as it should be. People using cell phones while driving is not a good combination!!

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2597 Sometimes I wonder..."Why is that Frisbee getting bigger?"...and then, it hits me.

Sorry to hear that... I've

Sorry to hear that... I've a Limping but still operational 660 and 2x 2689LMT's.... I hope they last forever!!!

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A 2689LMT in both our cars that we love... and a Nuvi 660 with Lifetime Maps that we have had literally forever.... And a 2011 Ford Escape with Nav System that is totally ignored!

For What It's Worth...

In my local area I've transitioned to using my smartphone for navigation, mostly because it's more convenient to use. My 1300LM is now a backup, or is the primary device if I ever get a chance to travel again. While there are GPS apps that don't require a data connection, they all have their trade offs that make them, to me, unsatisfactory for long trips.

It's that or I simply prefer the Garmin's features. Hell, my roommate keeps on trying to persuade me to purchase another Garmin simply because it scratches a gadget itch. Problem is I said I wouldn't buy another GPS, but a Drivesmart 61 with lifetime maps is tempting.

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"Anyone who is capable of getting themselves made President should on no account be allowed to do the job." --Douglas Adams

It all depends on what you need

I prefer Garmin for work as I drive different routes daily and can enter all the stops in advance before getting in the cab and I get traffic too. If you're just going from A to B Google is good too. I use Google on the way home for traffic.

Garmin is great but google

Garmin is great but google maps has it's own advantages.

agreed

Almaz wrote:

Garmin is great but google maps has it's own advantages.

I have to say if Google made a GPS unit similar to the Garmins I'd buy it, if the price was reasonable. Google maps has so much detail, including the shapes of buildings on the map, not talking about satellite view.

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. 2 Garmin DriveSmart 61 LMT-S, Nuvi 2689, 2 Nuvi 2460, Zumo 550, Zumo 450, Uniden R3 radar detector with GPS built in, includes RLC info. Uconnect 430N Garmin based, built into my Jeep. .

Sticking with Garmin

I talk on the phone too much while driving to be able to count on my phone for GPS.

Huh?

lhochman wrote:

I talk on the phone too much while driving to be able to count on my phone for GPS.

Say what?

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Nuvi 350 long gone, Nuvi 855LMT, Nuvi 2797LMT, DriveSmart 50 LMT-HD, 3790LMT now my daughters. Using Windows 10. DashCam A108C with GPS.

i end up using both

The phone when in cell phone range; the Garmin when "out in the country". If Garmin's maps and speed limits were remotely up to date, I'd use it in town. This weekend, we went out to take bluebonnet pictures and the speed limit on the Garmin was wrong more than right. Mind you, the speed limits have not changed where we went for many years.

Weird ...

I rarely find a speed limit wrong. Are you using an up to date map?

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Where there's a will ... there's a way ... DriveSmart50LMT-D, Nuvi 2508LMT-D, 1490LMT, 1310, Montana 650T, Etrex 20

Same here

cratecookie wrote:

The phone when in cell phone range; the Garmin when "out in the country". If Garmin's maps and speed limits were remotely up to date, I'd use it in town. This weekend, we went out to take bluebonnet pictures and the speed limit on the Garmin was wrong more than right. Mind you, the speed limits have not changed where we went for many years.

In TX in my area the speed limits are seldom right. I have changed them on my Garmin for as long as they have been showing them. Of course with each new update they all revert back to wrong. Driving along a long highway and every 5 miles I have had to change them got old fast so I don't bother anymore.

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Nuvi 2460LMT

Better have both. in case

Better have both. in case something ....

used to

mmullins98 wrote:

In TX in my area the speed limits are seldom right. I have changed them on my Garmin for as long as they have been showing them. Of course with each new update they all revert back to wrong. Driving along a long highway and every 5 miles I have had to change them got old fast so I don't bother anymore.

When I was using a 2460 I was able to change them to the correct speed, but like you said every update and they'd be back to the incorrect speed. With my newer 2689 I can no longer adjust incorrect speed limits, at least I haven't found a way to do it.

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. 2 Garmin DriveSmart 61 LMT-S, Nuvi 2689, 2 Nuvi 2460, Zumo 550, Zumo 450, Uniden R3 radar detector with GPS built in, includes RLC info. Uconnect 430N Garmin based, built into my Jeep. .

Yes indeed

soberbyker wrote:
mmullins98 wrote:

In TX in my area the speed limits are seldom right. I have changed them on my Garmin for as long as they have been showing them. Of course with each new update they all revert back to wrong. Driving along a long highway and every 5 miles I have had to change them got old fast so I don't bother anymore.

When I was using a 2460 I was able to change them to the correct speed, but like you said every update and they'd be back to the incorrect speed. With my newer 2689 I can no longer adjust incorrect speed limits, at least I haven't found a way to do it.

Yes indeed, it may only have been the nuvi 24x0 series or those around that number that offered SL corrections. And as mm said, in TX where I would drop down from I-40 to I-10 (Amarillo to Dallas-ish), that highway would only accept my changes for a short distance, then revert to the incorrect SL built into the map and I finally gave up on correcting the SL every 10-20 minutes or so, especially since they'd all be lost with the next map update.

Garmin

I love my Garmin Nuvi 3597 and the ease of getting in my care and just putting in an address. When I use my phone it is a hassle to open the Waze app, wait till it opens, and then enter the address. Also, with Waze, the sound doesn't always work, so I have to look at my phone, which I don't like to do when I am driving.

Speed limit

Well I for one do not rely on the GPS displayed speed limit. There are big signs erected every so often telling you what the speed limit is !
Having said that, I have noticed though coming into a town when speed limits drop the GPS reacts within 100 feet and posts the new lower limit.

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Nuvi 350 long gone, Nuvi 855LMT, Nuvi 2797LMT, DriveSmart 50 LMT-HD, 3790LMT now my daughters. Using Windows 10. DashCam A108C with GPS.

WAZE - info pig

mblanc01 wrote:

My last GARMIN a 2689LMT has finally died. I am now totally only using a smartphone and Android-Auto.

I feel much better off. I have been using Google Maps and/or Waze almost exclusively for the past year, and only used the GARMIN in my 2nd car, now I'll be using my phone there also.

I was all set to use Waze and they required waaay too much info that I did not think they needed in order to be of service. Has that changed?

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rvOutrider

I usually use Waze and/or

I usually use Waze and/or Google maps. Sometimes I will use the Garmin, especially if it is a waypoint that I added when on the route previously.